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Collection of late 19th Century travel photos from Mexico processed by "ALOE'S" that appear to be of Louis P. Aloe, his family, and friends. Mexico and St. Louis: ALOE'S, circa 1890
1862. 24 collodion-gelatin POP (printing out process) photographs. The photos are all 3.25" square and uniformly mounted on slightly convex 5" square cards with an embossed border and the name, "ALOE'S", centered. All of the photographs are in very nice shape as are twenty of the card mounts. Tiny abrasions and minor fading to several photos; four mounts have some marginal discoloration.The photos are all of an American traveling in Mexico. Highlights include images of an ornate horse-drawn wagon decorated prominently with a U.S. flag, the interior of an early souvenir shop stocked with sombreros and leather goods, the famed Aztec Sun Stone in the Museo Nacional, and the touring party at their lodging an on visits throughout the country.In 1862, Albert S. Aloe and his father, Jewish emigres from Scotland, opened an optical store in St. Louis that sold spectacles, magnifiers, and many similar goods.Louis Aloe, was a prominent member of the St. Louis community. A staunch life-long Republican, also played a significant role in an emerged as a hero to the African-American community during the infamous 1917 East St. Louis race riots that destroyed over 300 homes and businesses. Aloe, who was temporarily filling in for Mayor Henry Kiel opened the city's Municipal Lodging House, a homeless shelter across 12th street (now Tucker Blv).
Bookseller: Elena Gallego Rare Books LLC [U.S.A.]
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